Leanda Cave

4x Triathlon World Champion


There is no dispute that Leanda Cave has established herself as among the best in the sport of triathlon. Her performance in 2011, which included a podium finish at the Ironman World Championship, winning Ironman Arizona, Ironman Wildflower, and multiple 70.3 wins leaves no doubt that the prolific swim/bike speedster from Louth, England is a force to be reckoned with at any distance. Cave has won the prestigious Escape from Alcatraz 3 times and has been crowned both ITU short course World Champion and ITU long course World Champion - a feat accomplished by only a select few women. Then in 2012 Leanda became the first woman and only the second person (joining Craig Alexander) to win the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship in the same year.  In 2012 Leanda was named as one of the “World’s Fittest Women” by CNN. 

Leanda's career as a professional triathlete started back in 1994 and she has since transformed herself from a short course specialist to an Ironman Champion. Leanda is known for having one of the best swim/bike one-two punches in the sport and her improving run makes her a legitimate threat at any distance.

Career Highlights

2012 Ironman & Ironman 70.3 World Champion Las Vegas

2007 ITU Long Distance World Champion Lorient

2002 ITU Olympic Distance World Champion Cancun

2001 Under-23 European Champion Carlsbad


The Leanda Cave Foundation, The Blazeman Foundation for ALS, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

Leanda started her own foundation to support women in triathlon, including Team LC, which is about empowering women through triathlon.

Leanda is also passionate about finding a cure for ALS, a disease that has taken the lives of so many, including friends close to her heart in the sport of triathlon.  A cure is out there!

Leanda is also very passionate about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She believes that children are meant to have their lives ahead of them, but for the unfortunate few, their lives are taken from them before they get the opportunity to live. It will be a great day when childhood diseases no longer take lives.

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